Friday, June 11, 2010

The Replacement

I've been patiently waiting for the mail for a book I won in a contest - (Host by Stephanie Meyers). Yesterday I received a package and thought that might be it, but it seemed to be a trade sized book rather than paperback (which is what I think I won). I've also recently won from the Library Thing a book titled Girls From The Revolutionary Cantina by M. Padilla, which I've been waiting for. So I tried to open it (it being the package). Couldn't open it, because the fingers weren't working very well. I was in for a nice surprise. The package was addressed to my name (first name) and underneath - "Reviewer". Wow. For a moment there I felt kind of important. :) Don't worry, it was fleeting.

What I received was an ARC for a young adult (ages 12 and up) titled The Replacement written by Brenna Yovanoff. Scheduled release is September 21st, 2010 by Razorbill.

"Edward Scissorhands meets Catcher In The Rye" That's an interesting statement. I never did read Catcher In The Rye, so I'm not sure what this means. I did watch Edward Scissorhands though, with my kids, and I liked it.

The Blurb from the introductory letter:

In her darkly imaginative and completely riveting debut novel, The Replacement, author Brenna Yovanoff introduces us to broodingly handsome, bass-strumming Mackie Doyle. Mackie isn't your average angst-filled teen. Though he lives in the small town of Gentry, Mackie comes from a world of tunnels and black murky water, a world of living dead girls ruled by a little tattooed princess. He is a Replacement. Left in the crib of a human baby sixteen years ago, Mackie wasn't supposed to live long in the human world. Replacements have a fatal allergy to iron, blood, and consecrated ground, and Mackie is slowly dying. When his sister brings him magical herbs from a "friend" which help restore his health, Mackie becomes drawn irrevocably into the underworld of Gentry, known as Mayhem. He realizes he must face the dark creatures of Mayhem and find his rightful place, in our world, or theirs. (sic - shouldn't this read their's?)

I've also promised to read The Pack, by L.M. Preston (picture to be inserted later - it's way late and I haven't even slept yet). Which will come out in August, I believe. The Pack is about a young girl, brought up on Mars who tries to solve a case of missing children. She's a fighter, and she works blind. I've started reading bits and pieces so far, but will settle down to do it justice soon.

I have three books, therefore, that I have am going to read solely for the purpose of reviewing. Feels weird, because I mainly read for fun, and happen to write about books that I've read. This will be different. Oh, God, Now I feel Pressure! Well, I'll just go with the flow...of the book.


  1. I love this cover! Really it is for 12 and up?

  2. yup! 12 (7th grade) and up. They even have the 7th grade noted. I thought it sounded a little intense for 12, but then I remembered how much our young ones deal with and know now. 12 is different now, than it used to be 30 years ago.

  3. Boy howdy, is 12 different. And 18? OMG. My kids know things I sure never heard about until I was in my 20's. And I remember my mother saying the same thing.

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  4. LOL, I remember my Dad saying that also. My mom's different experience was a given, since she came from a completely different country - one that would have been considered "third world" at the time (Central America".

    I feel sad for the kids of 30 years from now. They won't even have a real childhood. Kind of like the kids from 100's of years ago, though without the whole work thing. They'll be kind of treated like adults, without any of the benefits. Unless we go completely the other way again and have complete "innocence".